Release Date: Oct 31, 2021
FFO: Metallica, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Monster Magnet
Written and produced during peak lockdown 2020, 'SHADOWLAND' (from DADBOD: The Album) draws upon Burgess’ award-winning fantasy/horror pedigree (Broken Saints, The Cat’s Maw, Becoming) to weave a dark and grimy spell on all who dare listen. It’s a rock and blues-soaked howl at the blood moon, with pirate kings and demon lovers locked in a dance to the death. And after hundreds of stomping and snarling live shows, this is Burgess’ ode to Cash, Cave, and their fellow storytelling legends brought to life. And though this double-album project throws every genre and style at the wall, Shadowland is the bold and beating heart at its centre.
Working with indie American guitar and production god MATT MILLER (Saccharine & Cynanide - based in Sweden), mastered by acclaimed Dutch engineers WHITE SEA STUDIOS, and featuring powerful backing vocals from Chrystal Leigh (Sons of Daughters - Nashville) — SHADOWLAND is a timeless swamp-rock fable with intense layering and real narrative power. And with a sound that seems destined for film and TV, perhaps that’s why Burgess teamed up with beloved Argentinian video artist ALFIEARG to create the track’s haunting short film.
Released in July 2021, DADBOD: The Album kicked off with 'Best Friend' — a fun and funky summer anthem that ‘s been streamed and viewed over 200K across platforms — but now it's time to go HARD. And that's where SHADOWLAND comes in!
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After a lifetime in the entertainment industry writing, directing, and producing award-winning game, animation, interactive, and audio projects (Broken Saints, I Am Legend + Hellboy 2 animated shorts, Electronic Arts, Buddha and the S**t podcast) this Canadian creator kills two bucket-list birds with one stone: 1. make an epic double-album music + video project and 2. (far more importantly)…become a Dad.
While others baked quarantine sourdough or caught virtual fish in Animal Crossing, Burgess wrote, produced, shot, edited, recorded, and mixed the lion’s share of DADBOD while stuck in Southeast Asia during ‘peak pandemic’. And now? Nearly two decades on from a win at the Sundance Film Festival that launched his narrative career, these 20 songs + videos are more than just a mid-life singer/songwriter flex...
It's the honest to Zeus legend of an amazing boy...his crazy dad...and the kind of bond that comes around once in a thousand lifetimes.
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